If someone starts smoking because of a political ad they have bigger issues to worry about. I wonder if Schieffer plans to attack Barack Obama over his smoking habit?

Via Beltway Confidential:

CBS’s Bob Schieffer stepped out of objective interviewer mode this morning to scold Herman Cain for releasing a web ad featuring chief of staff Mark Block blowing smoke into the camera. Schieffer said as a cancer survivor, he was put off by an ad he thought sent the message that smoking was “cool,” then he prompted Cain to state that he didn’t think people should smoke.

Cain gave a simple explanation for why Block was smoking in the ad.

“One of the themes in this campaign is, let Herman be Herman,” Cain said. “Mark Block is a smoker, and we say, let Mark be Mark.”

He went on to explain that the ad wasn’t intended to send any subliminal messages.

“Yes, it does,” Schieffer said. “It sends the signal that it’s cool to smoke.

Cain said that all the ad does is show that Block himself is a smoker, and said that the reaction to the ad is mixed — some didn’t care that he was smoking, and some thought it was funny.

“Let me just tell you, it’s not funny to me,” Schieffer shot back. “I am a cancer survivor like you. I had cancer that’s smoking related. I don’t think it serves the country well — and this is an editorial opinion here — to show somebody smoking a cigarette. You are the frontrunner now. And it seems to me you have a responsibility not to take that kind of tone.”

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HT: Ann